Although the library has a number of streaming videos available, and we can on a case by case basis, get streaming video rights for other videos for you to use in the classroom, sometimes videos are not available streaming and/or are cost prohibitive. In that case, you can show a DVD in an online class like you would with a face-to-face class. Below are some guidelines to follow to ensure that you are in compliance with copyright and fair use.
If you have any questions about using a DVD in class and copyright compliance, please check with us.
The best way to show a DVD to your class is to create a Microsoft Teams meeting in Canvas.Open up a module in Canvas and go to edit. Use the "more external tools" in the toolbar to get the "Microsoft Teams Meetings" option.
You will be prompted to sign in. Use your MCLA login.
Accept the permissions it asks for.
Set the day and time you will be showing the DVD.
This is how the link will appear in your Canvas course.
Showing a DVD in Microsoft Teams works best on a PC (not surprisingly). You can do it on a Mac but, especially in terms of audio, it won't work as well.
We recommend you test these instructions before class time. The library is happy to help you test, just contact us.
Note for Mac users: you will need to download VLC Media Player and run the DVD in that instead of the Mac DVD player. Also, Mac users do not currently have an option to use system audio so the sound will be going through your computer's microphone. Make sure you are in a quiet room and can minimize background noise.